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030552 KU Yugoslav political and constitutional history (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 26.03. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Wednesday 27.03. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Thursday 28.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 02.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 03.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 04.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Monday 08.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Tuesday 09.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Friday 12.04. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course gives an introduction to the political, constitutional and legal history of Yugoslavia beginning with its formation as the unitary authoritarian Kingdom, through its renovation as the multi-ethnic communist federation, up to its dissolution and formation of the new nation-states. The course will examine the concepts of integration of multi-ethnic society and why they failed. The course will be focused on organization of power and political system but it will also look at relevant ideologies, types of ownership and control of economy, rights of citizens, and respective international environment, with particular attention to the process of dissolution. The principal aim of the course is to give the student basis for deeper understanding of political and institutional reality that emerged with a breakdown of Yugoslavia as well as to help understand better nation-building tendencies elsewhere in Europe and the world.

Assessment and permitted materials

The written exam will be based upon reading materials and lectures and will last 90 minutes.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Written exam will consist of nine questions divided into three units with three questions in each unit - A: formation and life of royal Yugoslavia up to the breakdown 1941; B: formation and life of communist Yugoslavia till death of Tito, from 1942 to 1980; C: beggining of crisis and dissolution of Yugoslavia, from 1980 to 1992.
Questions will be simple and easily understood, searching for answers in a form of short „reproductive“ essays, requiring to extract the basic facts, summarize the processes, explain some cathegory etc. Questions will not look up for precise knowledge and details (except when they are important) but rather for good orientation and understanding of institutions and historical processes.
Each question provides up to two points i. e. eighteen points in all. Grades are determined on a following basis:
- sufficient (4): six points (at least one point in each of the units B and C)
- good with restrictions (3): 7 - 9 points (at least one point in every unit)
- good (2): 10 – 13 points (at least two points in every unit)
- excelent (1): 14 – 18 points (at least three points in every unit).
For students who missed more than one lecture without proper excuse the required minimum is one point higher i. e. seven, eight, eleven and fifteen points as minimum.
Students are permitted to carry English dictionaries with them, if they wish. Phones and computers are not permited at the desk during examination. Please note that subject of evaluation is knowledge and understanding of the course-materials and not the language proficiency, yet meaningful expresion of ones thoughts that can be correctly and easily understood is of utmost importance just as readable handwriting.

Examination topics

subjects of the lecture

Reading list

Sabrina P. Ramet, The Three Yugoslavias: State-building and Legitimation, 1918-2005, Indiana University Press, 2006.
John R. Lampe, Yugoslavia as History: Twice There Was a Country, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Leslie Benson, Yugoslavia: A Concise History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Marie-Janine Calic, Geschichte Jugoslawiens im 20. Jahrhundert, C.H. Beck Verlag, München 2010.
manual on moodle

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